Associate Professor, Communication and The Arts
Phone: 814-871-5536
Office: SCOT 0005
sleasman001@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Biography

I am originally from Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania and my family currently lives in Millcreek Township.  Prior to coming to Gannon University in 2008, I taught at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to my teaching experience, I have served as a youth pastor, church planter, and pastor of a small congregation in Beaver County, PA.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses (taught at Gannon University)

  • Introduction to Speech (SPCH 101)
  • Technical Communication (SPCH 110)
  • Public Speaking (SPCH 111)
  • Human Communication & Society (SPCH 113)
  • Philosophy of Communication (SPCH 225)
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPCH 235)
  • Intercultural Communication (SPCH 313)
  • Persuasion (SPCH 314)
  • Argumentation & Debate (SPCH 322)
  • Event Planning (COMM 394)

Graduate Courses (taught at Gannon University)

  • Sociolinguistics (GENG 504)

From January 14 - 25, 2013 & January 13 - 24, 2014, I taught a Homiletics course at Emmaus Biblical Seminary in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Click here to read more about how I worked with Acclaim to record student speeches in my Human Communication & Society class (SPCH 113).

Educational History

Duquesne University, Ph.D. in Rhetoric, 2007

Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, 1999

University of Findlay, Bachelor of Arts in Speech, 1996

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Gannon University, 2008 - 2013

Associate Professor, Gannon University, 2013 - present

 

Basic Course Director, Gannon University, 2009 - present

Professional Societies

Pennsylvania Communication Association: 2004 - present

Eastern Communication Association: 2004 - present

National Communication Association: 2003 - 2008, 2013 - present

Publications

Book:

Albert Camus's Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity. Amherst, NY: Camubria Press, 2011.

 

Book Chapters:

"Reading Camus in an Age of Absurdity: Toward a Constructive Reading of The Stranger." Albert Camus's The Stranger: Critical Essays  Ed. Peter Francev.  New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press,, 2014, 170-184.

"Albert Camus and the Metaphor of Absurdity."  Critical Insights: Albert Camus. Ed. Steven G. Kellman. Los Angeles: Salem Press, 2012. 48–66

 

Journal Articles:

“The Philosophy of Communication as the Absurd: Albert Camus and the Ethics of Everyday.” Albert Camus Society Journal.  2009. 1, 55-71. 

Leeanne M. Bell & B.C. Sleasman.  “Spotlight on Pedagogy: Teaching Communication Ethics.”  Communication Annual. 2006. 61, 33-45.

 

Encyclopedia Entries:

"Adoption Laws." Social History of American Familes: An Encyclopedia.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, forthcoming.

"Blogs."  Social History of American Familes: An Encyclopedia.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, forthcoming.

"Cocooning."  Social History of American Familes: An Encyclopedia.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, forthcoming.

"HIV/AIDS."  Social History of American Familes: An Encyclopedia.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, forthcoming.

“Individual Autonomy.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010. 393-394. 

“Individuation and Identity.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010.  394-396. 

Scholarship/Research

My current research revolves around three distinct, yet interrelated, areas: philosophy of communication, intercultural communication, and media ecology.  

Philosophy of communication: I am developing an edited volume exploring the intersection of the work of Albert Camus and the study of philosophy of communication.  The contributors are a cross-section of some of the most respected scholars in the study of philosophy of communication.

Intercultural communication: I am researching the distinction between orality and literacy and its wider relationship to the study of human communication, specifically as it pertains to my ongoing teaching and research in Haiti.

Media ecology/religion:  I am contributing a chapter that explores how the original televangelism genre fueled a religious consumerism that, a generation later, is interpreted by evangelicals as cultural relevance. This phenomenon becomes more comprehensible when religious television, historically and today, is conceived as a medium that moved evangelical culture from literacy to secondary orality. The framework offers those concerned about religious consumerism a means to denaturalize it and open up alternative discourses.

 

I regularly present my research at the annual conferences of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association and Pennsylvania Communication Association as well as the biennial National Communication Ethics conference.

Service

To Gannon University:

  • Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta (honorary communication society of the National Communication Association), 2014 - present
  • Liberal Studies Committee, 2009 - 2014
  • Compliance Committee, 2011 - 2013
  • Academic Affairs Committee (College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences), 2012 - 2014
  • Middle States Self-Study Committee, 2011 - 2012
  • Student Success Committee, 2010 - 2013
  • Library Committee, 2009 - 2012

 

To Profession:

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Communication & Religion, 2013 - present
  • Second Vice President Eastern Communication Association, 2013 - present
  • Program Planner, Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group, Eastern Communication Association, 2013
  • Program Planner, Philosophy of Communication Interest Group, Eastern Communication Association, 2011
  • President, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2013 - 2014
  • Vice-President, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2012 - 2013
  • Vice-President Elect, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2011 - 2012 
  • Member at Large, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2009 - 2011

 

To Community (local & international)

  • Faculty Senate, Emmaus Biblical Seminary, Cap Haitien, Haiti, 2014 - present
  • Secretary, PTA, Vernondale Elementary School (Millcreek Township School District), 2012 - 2013
  • President, PTA, Vernondale Elementary School (Millcreek Township School District, 2013
  • "Living in an Age of Absurdity: Albert Camus's Philosophy of Communication"  Presentation to the Jefferson Educational Society, May 30, 2012
  • "Orphan Care & Adoption: A Human Sign of a Spiritual Reality."  Presentation to the annual meeting of the Allegheny Region, Churches of God, General Conferece, May 11, 2012
  • "Orphan Care & Adoption: A Human Sign of a Spiritual Reality."  Church Advocate.  Findlay, OH.  2012, 177: 1, 8 - 9.  Click here to read article.